For today's post at the SMS, we're focusing on this weekend's metal & hard rock concert previews in a solid weekend on both sides of the border, including a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT for later this weekend and some more new dates for later in the year, so read on below for what you need to know for your hard rock show plans! (Updated at 11:34 PM)
Local alternative/hard rock trio The Pixo Control will return to the stage THIS SUNDAY at an unfamiliar venue, as they'll be rocking out at The Hard Times Bar & Grill! Apologies for the short notice, the show was just announced on Tuesday. Located at 652 Wallace Terrace (near Goulais Avenue and down the road from Tenaris Algoma Tubes), this isn't a concert venue that we're familiar with, but it's been open since at least 2008, and has hosted live bands sporadically. It remains to be seen if Sunday's show will be the start of anything bigger, but it does coincide with Hard Times' Customer Appreciation Day with related meal deals, so keep that in mind! This will be The Pixo Control's first live set since their Passport To Unity involvement, and their grungy originals should find a solid audience on Sunday night! Opening for them will be Great Chamberlain frontman Chris West in a solo set, and he should be right at home with his indie/alternative material, especially with bandmate Michael Mikus on hand fronting The Pixo Control, so don't miss his set either for some entertaining lighter music!
This show has a special afternoon start time of 1:00 PM, it is ALL AGES (probably thanks to the timeslot), and there is no cover charge. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This should be an interesting show, partially thanks to the new-to-us venue, but there's some talented young musicians all around to take in on Sunday afternoon, so keep it in mind! For a preview, here's The Pixo Control live at Superior Heights Collegiate earlier this year!
Also in new dates, we'll head across the river to the Sault Michigan and St. Ignace Kewadin Casino branches, where a band playing at The Northern Pines Lounge in St. Ignace TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT have some additional gigs this year at the casinos to report! The band in question is local metal standouts 415E, who will follow this weekend's shows with brand new St. Ignace dates on August 1st & 2nd and on November 7th & 8th, which sandwich new Rapids Lounge gigs at the Sault Kewadin on October 17th & 18th! Before them however, they've also had their June gigs at The Rapids Lounge bumped from June 13th & 14th to next weekend for unannounced reasons (replacing previously announced Peril gigs on the 6th & 7th, and with classic rockers Crossroads now taking the June 13th weekend.) My source for the new and altered gigs is Kewadin's entertainment page. First things first though, as 415E will be at the St. Ignace Kewadin this weekend, so don't miss Chris and Dave (and company?) tomorrow and/or Saturday!
This weekend's shows (and the other new/moved dates) all have 21+ age limits, 9:00 PM start times, and no announced cover charges, so check the above links for more details! It's nice to see 415E staying busy with some new dates, but it'd be nice to get some more confirmation about their recent lineups, album, and perhaps gigs outside of the Kewadin umbrella. Don't miss the original and cover action this weekend though, and here's the guys covering The Stone Temple Pilots!
Peril rocking out TOMORROW NIGHT! Remember, this is a one night only gig, as Peril's originally announced Saturday show has been moved to Boyne City for unannounced reasons. Tomorrow's show completes a two weekend stay at the regional Kewadin branches, as the originally announced June 6th & 7th shows are off and now belong to 415E, so if you don't want to wait until July to see Jeff, Brooks, and Adam live in the area, be at The Rapids Lounge tomorrow night! Their classic metal covers will be on hand tomorrow at 9:00 PM, there is no cover charge, and you must be 21 to attend. For more details, visit the Facebook event page! Easily a favourite for out of town heavy music in the Eastern U.P., Peril should deliver another solid night of music tomorrow, so don't miss them (or Jeff's Kiss tribute Kiss'd in St. Ignace in July), and here's Peril live in 2010!
Finally for this preview post, we'll head back to Sault Ontario, where Caveman Morrison frontman Tym Morrison is expected to enter the 26th straight week of his ongoing weekly concert arrangement at The Harp Bar & Grill with a solo acoustic gig SATURDAY NIGHT! Remember, due to the immense length of announced bookings on his website, we cover his Harp shows a month at a time, so we'll address his likely June gigs when confirmed on Facebook. Unfortunately for fans however, Tym will only be playing once this weekend for a third straight week due to a previously booked Friday night show by Tiller, a new local acoustic trio featuring former Huckster guitarist Sean Halliday, as per The Harp's Facebook page earlier today. No word yet on if Tym's weekly run has been redacted back to once a week or not, but his unplugged hard rock covers should be in full swing on Saturday regardless! Admission is likely free, you must be 19 to attend, and a 10:00 PM start time is likely. Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's Tym live at Mill Square last summer!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for a new news post tomorrow, and much more as we enter June! Thanks everyone!